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  • GRE and Applying to Graduate School Information Session AURORA CRUZ-TORRES, M.S.


  • GRE: Graduate Record Examination

  • GRE: Graduate Record Examination qMost commonly required admission test for graduate school

    q Supplements your undergraduate records, recommendation letters, and other qualifications for graduate-level study

    q Available on paper or computer

    q Allows you to skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and tackle the questions you want to answer first.

    q You can choose which scores to send to graduate school programs

    q Assessment of the following: ◦ Critical Thinking ◦ Analytical Writing ◦ Verbal Reasoning ◦ Quantitative Reasoning Skills

  • Computer vs Paper-Based

    Computer-Adaptive Version • Test adapts the difficulty level of its questions every time you submit an answer

    • Includes on-screen calculator

    Paper-based • Takes more time to finish • Calculator provided at test-center.

  • Professional Schools Requiring the GRE: q Graduate School – Doctoral and Master’s Programs in math, science, or research methodology q Business School (MBA) q Veterinary Medicine q Physician Assistant School q Some Law Schools q Some Pharmacy Schools q Some Dental Schools

  • GRE General Test vs GRE Subject Test

    GRE General Test • Standard way to compare candidates to each other.

    GRE Subject Test • Highlight your strengths in a specific subject area (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Math, Physics, Literature in English, and Psychology,).

    • Recommended, not required – could give you competitive edge.

  • Main Sections of the GRE Verbal Reasoning (30 questions in 30 minutes)

    Quantitative Reasoning (28 questions in 45 minutes)

    Analytical Writing (Two sections: 45 and 30 minutes each)

    Total Test Time ~ 3 hours and 45 minutes plus short breaks

  • Verbal Reasoning q Analyze and draw conclusions from specific readings

    q Identify author’s assumptions and/or perspective

    q Understand multiple levels of meaning

    q Select important points: q Distinguish major from minor or relevant points q Summarize text q Understand the structure of a text

    q Recognize relationships among words and concepts: q Understand the meaning of words

  • Types of Verbal Reasoning Questions

  • Multiple Choice Questions

  • Select in Passage Questions

  • Text Completion Questions

  • Sentence Equivalence Questions

  • Recommended Courses

  • Quantitative Reasoning q Understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information

    q Solve problems using mathematical models

    q Apply basic skills and elementary concept of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

  • Types of Quantitative Reasoning Questions

  • Quantitative Comparison Questions

  • Multiple Choice Questions

  • Numeric Entry Questions

  • Data Interpretation Sets

  • Recommended Courses

  • Analytical Writing q Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively

    q Support ideas with relevant reasons

    q Examine claims and evidence

    q Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion

    q Understand standard written English

  • Types of Analytical Writing Questions

  • Analyze an Issue (45 min) Assesses your ability to think critically about a topic of general interest

    and to clearly express your thoughts about it in writing.

  • Analyze an Argument (30 min) Assesses your ability to understand, analyze and evaluate arguments

    and to clearly convey your evaluation in writing.

  • Recommended Courses Any courses that combine critical thinking with writing: Philosophy, Ethics, Research Methods, Logic and Reasoning, World Religions, Courses on Racial and Diversity Issues, Creative Writing, Comparative and World Literature, and many others.

  • GRE Test Centers and Dates Ø Computer-Delivered General Test - offered year-round at Prometric test centers.

    Ø Paper- Delivered General Test – specific dates posted on the GRE website.

    Ø GRE Subject Tests – offered year-round at paper-delivered test centers.

    You can find all the test centers and dates here:

  • Scores

    ü Average score is 150-152 for the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning Sections.

    ü Average score is 3.7 for Analytical Writing Section ü Anything between a combined score of 250-330 is considered a

    good GRE score (MBA programs might require higher) ü ScoreSelect Option – lets you decide which test scores to send to

    the institutions you designate. ü Takes 10-15 days for institutions to receive your score

  • Retaking the GRE q Computer-delivered Test – retake once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. q Paper-delivered Test: retake as often as it is offered.

  • Free Resources Available:

    You can find these and other resources at:

  • Applying to Graduate School

  • Applying to Graduate School – Requirements 1. Bachelor’s Degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited

    institution - Transcripts

    2. Usually minimum grade-point average GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

    3. Undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen filed (RESEARCH)

    4. English Language Proficiency Test – TOEFL

    5. GRE scores – consult schools to confirm you need to take it

    6. Letters of Recommendation - at least three

    7. Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose

  • Applying to Graduate School – Preparation (May-July) ü Start researching graduate schools early – most have rolling admissions but others have specific deadlines (usually in the fall). ü Take the GRE practice test test#!practice ü This will help you determine how much preparation you will need for the real one.

    ü Request information from schools that interest you. ü Ask graduate students and professors to recommend good programs and even help you make some connections.

  • Applying to Graduate School – Timeline (August-December) Ø August: take the GRE General Test – if you are not happy with your scores, it will give you time to take it again.

    Ø September: Contact your letters of recommendation providers and begin drafting your personal statement.

    Ø October: request official transcripts from your undergraduate institution and follow up with letters of recommendation.

    Ø November: have someone in the field or The Career Center read over your personal statement and make sure your GRE scores are being sent to schools.

    Ø December: complete and submit all graduate school applications and verify your recommendations have been sent.

  • Applying to Graduate School



  • Questions? q Visit The Career Center for help with personal statement and mock interviews.

    q Visit MCB Advising for undergraduate research opportunities and planning your classes.

    q Contact me for additional information or to request this presentation:


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